Gérard Depardieu

French actor Gérard Depardieu charged with rape and sexual assault
Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu Credit: Siebbi (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Gérard Depardieu was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges filed in December. According to a source close to the case, Depardieu is a friend of the woman’s family.

An actor accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Paris home in August 2018. Some reports have suggested Depardieu and the actor were rehearsing a theatre play scene, but the source said "there was nothing professional about the encounter".